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Modelling early literacy

Kirsten Snook is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning

We tend to think that children are intrinsically motivated to write much later than they are to read. But why? It has, however, been suggested that very young children are more motivated by a shared writing episode than a shared reading one, due to an emerging sense of self and place in the world.

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Year 6 Writing – in search of GDS pt 1: Shifts in formality

Martin Galway is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning

On Friday of last week, the STA released a video that sought to address “particular areas of concern” around the assessment and moderation of year 6 writing.  The video covers a number of areas and opens with some commentary around the statements relating to Working at Greater Depth within the expected standard (GDS).

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The Key to Successful Shared Writing: Perfectly Pitched Models

Penny Slater is Deputy Lead Adviser for primary English at Herts for Learning.

Shared writing scaffolds the writing task, and when done well, leads a child towards becoming a more reflective, confident and skilled writer. When done very well, we engender more engaged writers who feel empowered and inspired to put pen to paper.

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Writing at Greater Depth (1) : A model of formality

Penny Slater is Deputy Lead Adviser for Primary English at Herts for Learning

There are many moments in my working day when I stop and consider how lucky I am to be working amongst such committed, enthusiastic and inspirational people. When I was classroom-based, this inspirational often stemmed from the children whom I taught. Now, as an advisor, I find that I am inspired on a daily basis by the creativity of the teachers whom I have the joy of supporting.

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Expectations for handwriting: you’re write to be confused!

Sabrina Wright is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning.

Following on from my last blog, where I unpicked the KS1 exemplification materials and moderation guidance, I felt the urge to spend a little of my time considering the handwriting element of the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks (ITAFs) against the National Curriculum (NC) expectations.

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Grammar is not your enemy (though it might sometimes seem like one)

Martin Galway is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning.

(This blog is lightly adapted from our most recent newsletter, available for free download here)

Grammar is not your enemy but you probably already know that.  There are far bigger things to worry about.  What, then, is the point of this article?  It stems from two inspiration points:

  • Fear of grammar
  • An apparent  belief that the teaching of grammar is damaging children’s writing and must be stopped

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Spelling at ARE: Chopping, Changing and Doubling – one of the secrets to spelling success!

Penny Slater is Deputy lead adviser for Primary English at Herts for Learning.

Spelling remains a high stakes aspect of the ITAFs for 2017. As in 2016, children cannot be judged as ‘working at the expected standard’ if they have not first met ALL of the statements from the ‘working towards the expected standard’ list (with the exception of the statement relating to handwriting). One statement that I know has caused many Y6 teachers more than a moment of anxiety relates to the correct application of spelling knowledge learnt in previous year groups.

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HfL Primary English newsletter Spring 2017

Here we are again.   A new term.  A new year.  We hope that you have had a lovely Christmas break and that the new term has begun as smoothly as possible for you all.   With this in mind, we thought we’d share our latest-hfl-primary-english-newsletter-spring-2017as swiftly as possible, especially as it is such a short half term.

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Take One Book: Ready for action with Traction Man

Penny Slater is Deputy Lead Adviser on the Primary English team at Herts for Learning.

If you haven’t yet found your passion for children’s literature, then Traction Man is the text that will set you on the road to discovering what all the fuss is about. Put simply, Traction Man is one of those books that prove just how exciting children’s literature can be.

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